How Much Are Breast Implants in 2023?

The most commonly searched questions about breast augmentation surgery are: “How much are breast implants?” and “How much does a breast augmentation cost?” This is not surprising given that breast augmentation is the number one most performed cosmetic surgery procedure. Breast augmentation or breast implant surgery is also one of the top procedures performed by board-certified Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth. The cost of breast implant surgery is a question we receive frequently. In this blog post, we will discuss the pricing for breast implants in Scottsdale, AZ and nationally.

How Much do Breast Implants Cost in Scottsdale?

You may be curious how much breast implants cost in Scottsdale in 2023. It is rare to find a reputable surgeon who publicly posts fees for this procedure — or any surgical procedure — online and without a consultation. In fact, a published online fee may reflect only part of the picture. It is important to keep in mind that any fee you see online needs context for accuracy. More importantly, decision-making based solely on cost is not advisable.

Although most plastic surgeons will not provide their fees without consultation, there are three widely circulated fee averages that are frequently referenced online. These fee averages come from three organizations: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a popular cosmetic surgery website called RealSelf. Read on as we will provide context for each of these fee averages.

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Select a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Scottsdale

Select a board certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale when considering your plastic surgery procedure. Not all surgeons performing procedures such as breast augmentation or labiaplasty are board certified plastic surgeons, so it is important to understand the distinction.

What Makes a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

The process to become a board-certified plastic surgeon involves several steps:

  1. Medical education: To become a plastic surgeon, an individual must first complete a four-year medical degree program.
  2. Surgical residency: After earning their medical degree, a plastic surgeon must complete a surgical residency program. This typically lasts for five to eight years and includes training in various surgical specialties, including plastic surgery. A plastic surgery residency completed by a board-certified plastic surgeon provides comprehensive training in all aspects of plastic surgery including oncologic and traumatic reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery, pediatric and craniofacial surgery, and aesthetic surgery.
  3. Board certification: After completing their training, a plastic surgeon may apply to become board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and is recognized as the gold standard in plastic surgery certification.

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Breast Lift Without Implants: Things to Consider

You may be wondering if you can have a breast lift without implants and the short answer is yes. Women who wish to change the shape or position of their breasts, without necessarily changing the volume, may benefit from a breast lift with no implants. Over time, factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy or breastfeeding can impact the look of the breast, leading some women to feel self-conscious or dissatisfied.  A breast lift without implants repositions the breasts higher on the chest with a perkier contour, and results in a more youthful overall aesthetic.

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift without implants is designed to remove excess skin, reposition the nipples, and reshape the breast tissue. Generally, there are many reasons a woman might consider a breast lift without implants. If you are unhappy with sagging breasts and desire a more uplifted and youthful breast appearance, you should consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss the options that meet your aesthetic goals.

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Breast Implant Scars: What to Expect

If you are considering breast augmentation or a breast lift procedure, you understandably have questions about how breast implant scars will look after surgery. Patients often wonder how noticeable their breast implant scars will be. Ultimately, the answer depends on a many factors including the type of procedure performed, the type of implant used, and some genetic factors regarding scar healing.

What are the types of procedures associated with breast implant scars?

Surgical procedures associated with breast augmentation are associated with some minimal scarring. Breast augmentation will increase or restore volume to the breast, most often through the placement of breast implants. There are many implant types available, including silicone and saline, along with a variety of shapes and profiles that bring desired results based on your specific cosmetic goals.

In some cases, the surgeon performs a breast lift during the procedure which elevates the breast to a more youthful position. Your specific breast implant scars will depend on the procedure you undergo, but in all cases, your surgeon will minimize the appearance of scars for the most beautiful, natural result.

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Sagging Breasts: How to Fix Sagging Breasts?

Time has a way of changing our bodies, and for many women, sagging breasts are an undesirable change. A sagging or drooping breast, medically known as breast ptosis, is a common condition after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes or aging.

Over time, breasts may seem to sit lower on the chest, with a down pointing nipple, and a decrease of breast volume noted at the top of the breast. While there is no significant medical concern with sagging breasts, some women experience diminished self-confidence or embarrassment about the look of their breasts. In some cases, skin chafing, or irritation can occur due to increased skin friction.

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Can you get Nipple Piercings if you have Breast Implants?

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, it is likely that you have questions about the different options available to enhance your physique. Whether you are considering breast implants, a breast lift, or a Mommy Makeover procedure, it is a fact that no two patients are identical. Indeed, each patient brings a unique set of questions to every appointment. As a top plastic surgical practice in Scottsdale, we sometimes encounter the question “Can I get breast implants if I have a nipple piercing?”

In short answer, yes.

Nipple piercing is a type of body piercing, often at the base of the nipple, which creates a small hole through the tissue. Often jewelry is inserted through the piercing with many sizes and styles available. In fact, the practice of nipple piercing dates back hundreds of years.

Because a breast implant placement is well beneath the tissues of the nipple, there is no interference between a piercing and an implant. There are, however, factors to consider when considering breast implants after a nipple piercing.

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Breast Implant Rippling: How to Get Rid of Breast Implant Ripples

Breast implant rippling is a relatively common, yet unintended finding following breast augmentation surgery when implant edges are visible beneath the skin. Implant rippling is more noticeable when a woman’s frame is very thin, although there are additional associated co-factors that contribute to some cases.  Some women feel distressed by the look of their breasts with ripples and may seek a solution depending on the severity of their symptoms.

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Asymmetrical Breasts: Surgical Correction Options

The term “asymmetrical breasts” refers to the condition where one breast has a different size, shape, position, or volume than the other. Breast tissue, in general, is dynamic and changes through a woman’s life, most dramatically at puberty, and then again with the hormonal changes of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause.

Similarly, breast tissue can change each month during ovulation, as breasts sometimes appear temporarily larger due to water retention and increased blood flow. A small variation between the breasts is completely normal, but when there is a significant difference, a woman may feel self-conscious or unhappy with her body.

In this article we will address some concerns women may have about their asymmetric breasts. We will also discuss available procedures that impact the aesthetics of this condition.

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What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is a partial or complete separation of the midline abdominal muscles known as the rectus abdominis. This finding most often occurs in women during and after pregnancy. In fact, many pregnant women experience some form of this condition, as the growing uterus stretches muscles to accommodate a growing baby.

As mentioned, the stretching of abdominal muscles during pregnancy can cause diastasis recti. In addition, increased intra-abdominal pressure due to pushing during delivery can worsen the condition. All in all, it is quite common for a postpartum woman to experience diastasis recti. In mild cases, the muscular separation closes during the weeks after delivery, but in many cases, the problem is persistent and can cause physical complaints and self-confidence issues.

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